Former intern shares key findings of dry forest research in San Pedro de Lloc

Johanna Depenthal, a former intern from Wheaton College’s HNGR Program, has completed her research into the uses and value of the dry forest in San Pedro de Lloc, La Libertad, where we plan to extend our La Libertad Project. Her study consisted of semi-structured interviews with local stakeholders and field visits to the dry forest, which were used to discern community knowledge and use of ‘Algarrobo’ (Prosopis spp.), a key dry forest tree.

johanna spl_issue 12Her research identified the key threats to the San Pedro de Lloc dry forest, including harvesting for charcoal and firewood, as well as the main uses of ‘Algarrobo’ amongst the surrounding communities, such as oxygen supply and source of fuelwood and livestock fodder. Her research identified the key threats to the San Pedro de Lloc dry forest, including harvesting for charcoal and firewood, as well as the main value the surrounding Santonte community place upon ‘Algarrobo’, such as for oxygen production, fuelwood and livestock fodder. These findings will not only be instrumental in informing our future work in the area, but will also help build knowledge of the importance of dry forests to neighbouring communities. We encourage you to read the summary of Johanna’s research report here.

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